God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Itís fun to speculate about Heaven. What will we do? What will a life without pain and fear be like? Will Heavenís streets really be gold or is that just a biblical metaphor?
But what about life in the other place? Thatís not a pleasant topic. Theologians speculate and debate what hell will be like (e.g., ďIs it a real locationóor just a metaphysical state?Ē ďIs it really hot thereóor is that just a metaphor?Ē).
Like Heaven, hell is a mystery to us. But two things are certain. First, hell is something separated from Godís love, from His grace. Second, hellís gates are shut from the inside . The Bible makes it clear that God calls out to us, urging us to come to Him. Godís Word assures us that He doesnít want anyone to perish.
So, the next time youíre on your way to an earthly destinationówork, home, the moviesótake some time to consider your ultimate destination. Do you want to spend the afterlife basking in Godís love and mercy? Or filled with the regret and anguish that come from rejecting His love and mercy? Eternity is a long time to spend separated from the One who loves you more than anyone in the university. Choose wisely. Your choice makes a world of difference.